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A Psychonaut's Guide to the Invisible Landscape: The Topography of the Psychedelic Experience Paperback – February 14, 2006
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“Whether or not what he describes has an ontologically distinct existence, or if the imagery is merely psychological apparitions, the project remains valuable. Not only does it provide pharmacography with a uniquely imaginal dimension, it relates to the reader a landscape that can be explored by anyone.” (Psychedelic Press UK, October 2012)
From the Back Cover
“Dan Carpenter’s forays into the fractal hyperspace and hive minds of the DXM realms offer a serious contribution to contemporary psychedelic thought. His work follows in the tradition of inner-space investigators such as Coleridge, Antonin Artaud, Aldous Huxley, and Terence McKenna. This will be a ‘must-read’ for every serious psychonaut.”
--Daniel Pinchbeck, author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism
“Like that of the intrepid scout who surveys the fantastical geography of new worlds for others too timid to venture first, Carpenter’s service will be honored and remembered.”
--Charles Hayes, author of Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures
Journeying into the invisible world revealed by his use of the dissociative psychedelic DXM (dextromethorphan), Dan Carpenter found that what he experienced was not simply subjective sensations and psychological states but an objective world of familiar if inordinately odd landmarks and characters. The running diary he kept of these voyages recounts impressions of a landscape charted by other travelers into this inner space and includes descriptions of many of the same phenomena recorded by such mind travelers as Terence and Dennis McKenna, Alexander and Ann Shulgin, and others who have experienced the Hive Mind--the pool of all consciousness. Into this territory where expression is like chaos theory, where oddly symmetrical order manifests out of the seemingly anarchic swirl of images and events, the author ventures with the mind-set of a naturalist, accepting whatever might be rather than what he hopes he might find. What emerges is not a location crafted by subjective experience, but a landscape that embodies the Other and that represents a conscious state in which the barriers between the self and the not-self dissolve.
DAN CARPENTER (1963-2005) took thirteen high-dose, closed-eye trips using DXM between January 2003 and July 2004, which he has documented in this book.
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Top Customer Reviews
"offer a serious contribution to contemporary psychedelic thought", "His work follows in the tradition of inner-space investigators such as..." & "This will be a `must-read' for every serious psychonaut.". I would love to hear how Daniel managed to reach those conclusions.
I think the title is misleading as well, this book is not a companion work of the "Invisible Landscape" by T&D McKenna.
So if the content of this book is not on par with the classics what is it? Basically each chapter is the recollection of 13 separate trips on DXM (cough syrup?).
These recollections were not satisfactory in my mind, I did not experience the passion that might have resulted in the author having written this book.
So far my experience of books that people have penned on this subject has been good, perhaps because they took the effort to make their experiences relevant in some greater context, or because the experiencing was incidental and the emphasis of the effort was on the greater context?
I hope future attempts at similar efforts are a bit more inspiring.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Carpenter has brought to light the potential of a very interesting dissociative compound w/ tremendous psychedelic and psychiatric potential. Read morePublished 26 days ago by K
I found this book compelling in the author's details of his diary - lighter moments into dark and very unsettling moments. Read morePublished on February 11, 2008 by Joseph Smith
This is a guide which tells you what happens when you take too much cough syrup.
An the writer is dead too?
Sounds like a warning to me...